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    Top Civil servants clash as Gvt houses run out in Gweru


    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – A serious shortage of Government accommodation has hit the Midlands Province and officials are now clashing over the allocation of houses.
    Provincial Public Service Commission head Moses Moyo who has since August this year been staying in a one-roomed house has clashed with Shurugwi Assistant District Administrator Desmond Gumbochuma over a house in Shurugwi both want to occupy.
    Moyo confirmed the issue which he said was not really a conflict and said that Gumbochuma rushed to occupy a house that he (Moyo) was supposed to occupy and the matter will be resolved by the Provincial Public Works soon.
    "I would not really want to say it's a clash over houses but Gumbochuma rushed to occupy a house that was supposed to be mine in Shurugwi. I was supposed to have occupied it last week but when I was initially allocated the house it was under construction so I had to wait for some time only to find Gumbochuma already in," said Moyo
    Assistant DA Gumbochuma however refused to comment over the issue and said that the matter is at the Provincial Administrator's (PA) office.
    The PA Cecilia Chitiyo could not be reached for comment.
    "I am not allowed to comment on this issue, the PA will be in a better position to give a comment because the matter is already with her office," said Gumbochuma
    Moyo said he was going to stay in Shurugwi because there is a shortage of Government houses in the Provincial capital.
    "I came to Gweru in August this year and since then l am living in a one room at Senga Training Center as there are no free Government houses in Gweru. The Public Works Commission later allocated me a house in Shurugwi but because it needed some renovations l could not move in immediately. When I tried to move in l found Gumbochuma already occupying the house," said Moyo
    Shurugwi DA Joram Chimedza who also talked to The Mirror said that there was a Government procedure that is followed in the allocation of Government houses and this would be followed in this case.
    "There is a procedure in the allocation of houses which should be followed. We therefore do not have to sensationalize this issue. I am sure the matter will be solved amicably because there is no need to flex muscles," said Chimedza.
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